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A notice was circulated to all members to call for a Special General Meeting.  We were instructed that there would be no questions from the floor at the SGM and that all questions regarding the resolution needed to be submitted via email in advance and we would be responded to individually prior to the meeting- is this allowed?

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Well, only business that was included in the Call for the Special Meeting can be validly conducted.  That being said, I question where the people who are not allowing questions from the floor (provided they have to do with the business at hand) and claiming all questions must be pre-submitted and answered before the meeting believe  they have the authority to make such a dictate.

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17 hours ago, Guest Bcbetty said:

A notice was circulated to all members to call for a Special General Meeting.  We were instructed that there would be no questions from the floor at the SGM and that all questions regarding the resolution needed to be submitted via email in advance and we would be responded to individually prior to the meeting- is this allowed?

No, such a prohibition may not be specified in the call. Only the assembly itself could adopt such a rule, and it would require a 2/3 vote to do so.

16 hours ago, Chris Harrison said:

Well, only business that was included in the Call for the Special Meeting can be validly conducted.

Yes, but “This rule, however, does not preclude the consideration of privileged motions, or of any subsidiary, incidental, or other motions that may arise in connection with the transaction of such business or the conduct of the meeting.” (RONR, 11th ed., pg. 93)

It therefore seems clear to me that questions which pertain to the business included in the call, or to the conduct of the meeting, are clearly in order, notwithstanding the erroneous statement in the call to the contrary.

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17 hours ago, Guest Bcbetty said:

A notice was circulated to all members to call for a Special General Meeting.  We were instructed that there would be no questions from the floor at the SGM and that all questions regarding the resolution needed to be submitted via email in advance and we would be responded to individually prior to the meeting- is this allowed?

Unless you have very unusual bylaws, that's simply nonsense.  Only the membership can impose restrictions on its own meeting.

The resolution described in the call of the meeting would be fully debatable and amendable by the membership.  Who is it that is offering this resolution and making these oddball claims about procedure?

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